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Tips For Traveling With A Hearing Impairment

by Stella Robinson

A hearing impairment does not have to interfere with your ability to travel. With the right preparations, you can successfully travel to any location without a problem. If you are planning to travel this summer, here is what you need to know.

What Can You Do to Prepare?

One of the best ways you can ensure that you are fully prepared is to make all of your traveling arrangements in advance. By making those arrangements well ahead of your trip, you can find out exactly what accommodations are available for a hearing-impaired traveler. If additional accommodations are needed, you can request them of your travel provider. In most instances, your needs can be met without any additional expense or trouble to you.

For instance, if you plan to fly, you can ask that you be notified in person that it is time to board the plane. The airport can also ensure that you are aware of all in-flight notifications that are made. 

Another step you can take is to contact the hotel in which you plan to stay to find out what accommodations are available. You need to ensure the staff is aware that you are hearing-impaired so that you can receive a room that is suited to your needs. Amenities, such as hearing aid compatible phone, can be added to your room. 

Some airlines, bus lines, and other traveling companies offer text alerts that provide you up-to-date information about travel. If text alerts are not available, check in early for your trip and ask an employee to notify you when it is time to board the bus. 

What About Your Hearing Aids?

If you wear hearing aids, it is important that you remember to take along an extra set of batteries and tubing with you. Depending on where you are traveling to, it might be difficult to obtain these. Find the name and contact information for a hearing aids provider in the area in which you are traveling in case you do need your hearing aids serviced while away.

You also should pack a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will help to dry out your hearing aids every night. This will help avoid any moisture-related problems. 

Do not store your hearing aids or any of its accessories in checked luggage. If the luggage is lost, you could be without your hearing aids for a considerable time. 

Carefully assess your needs and determine what other steps you need to take to ensure that you are able to travel without problems. To learn more about hearing aids and hearing issues, contact a company like Jacobs Clinical Diagnostics